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Play for Life Best of Ballpark Cook-Off

April 24 2011 - 10:40 PM

Play for Life, started by University of Chicago graduates, benefits a great cause of intermingling young professionals with children from the economically depressed West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side by playing baseball, with the ultimate goal of making enough of a difference in their lives to convince them to go to college.  The event was co-sponsored by Dewar’s, Goose Island, and Honest Tea.  They held a benefit April 1 at Galleria Marchetti.

Armon and Charlie, two of the baseball players from West Englewood, were our judges, who were not only gung-ho about judging but also selling raffle tickets.    They felt the most delicious dish was the lobster roll from RL.  Served on a very light, toasted, buttered baguette, the lobster roll  had a cautious dusting of mayonnaise that highlighted the lobster.

Mexique was the audience’s choice, having served a pork belly braised in an orange-jamaica glaze with a papaya slaw and a chipotle aioli.  Inspiration Cafe featured parmesan-crusted artichoke fritters with a creme-fraiche puree, which when served warm was fantastic.    Revolution Brewing had an interesting yet quite heavy house-made lobster and shrimp corn dog with truffle aioli with a dusting of tarragon served on a bed of shoestring potatoes.  It is worth pointing out that three out of the four places did not serve meat, an important consideration during Lent.

The most important thing was that the chefs took time out from a busy Friday night, a big money maker at these restaurants, to support a worthy cause.

–Brian Ziegler